Jeh Johnson is the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. He served in that position from December 2013 to January 2017. Johnson now practices law again at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Johnson has been affiliated with Paul Weiss on and off since 1984, and was elected the firm’s first African American partner in 1994. Johnson is also currently on the board of directors of Lockheed Martin and the Center for a New American Security, and a non-resident senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Since leaving public office in January 2017, Johnson has testified before Congress three times, and is a frequent commentator about national and homeland security issues on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, CNN and other news outlets. Johnson is a recipient of the Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award, presented at the Reagan Presidential Library in December 2018.
As Secretary of Homeland Security, Johnson was the head of the third largest cabinet department of the U.S. government, consisting of 230,000 personnel and 22 components, including TSA, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Services, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, and FEMA. Johnson’s responsibilities as Secretary included counterterrorism, cybersecurity, aviation security, border security, port security, maritime security, protection of our national leaders, the detection of chemical, biological and nuclear threats to the homeland, and response to natural disasters. In three years as Secretary of DHS, Johnson is credited with management reform of the Department which brought about a more centralized approach to decision-making in the areas of budgets, acquisition and overall policy. Johnson also raised employee morale across the Department, reflected in the September 2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.